WordPress Settings and Features That You Should Know

WordPress.com is a version of WordPress.org that is hosted by Automated. WordPress.org is a self-hosted version of WordPress which means that when we install WordPress software on our web server, we adopt it and manage it.

I’m focusing on WordPress.org, and yes, this blog is powered by WordPress.org and is an example of the self-hosted version of WordPress.

When it comes to WordPress installation and setup, I have seen a ton of WordPress tutorials and guides (probably you too) how to start a WordPress blog in 10 minutes or 5 minutes.

Basically, it’s about how to buy a domain name, web hosting plan and install WordPress. The reality is that it does not work in this way because there are many things you need to know after installing WordPress.

This is not really true if someone tells you that blogging on WordPress is easy, and not complicated. Because it takes time, effort and some mono to start and maintain the blog.

Of course, you can start a WordPress blog in less than 5 minutes, but it will only look like this and it will never happen like this.

Today, I’m going to explore all the basic features and settings in WordPress that you should know as a beginner.

1. Dashboard

When you install WordPress on your server, you get a chance to set a username and password of your choice and you get an administrator URL that looks like http://www.example.com/wp-admin/.

Therefore, when you successfully enter username and password, you first see the WordPress Dashboard (or simply the dashboard). This gives you a quick look at what’s happening on your blog – like the total number of pages and posts in the blog posts, comments, recently published posts, recent comments, etc.

In other words, the Dashboard is a backend of your WordPress site, and this is where you can manage everything on your blog. Various options are available here – publish a new blog post, create a new page, approve a comment, change settings etc.

And you can see different WordPress menus (Posts, Media, Pages, Comments, Appearance, Plugins, Users, Tools, Settings) and its submenu on the left sidebar.

2.Screen Options

“Screen options” are context-specific and this lets you customize the WordPress screen you are looking for. That is, you can use the Screen Options tab (located in the top right corner of your screen) to personalize WordPress Dashboard pages.


Therefore, if you do not have the options you can use, you can disable them. And if you are needed, you can bring them back later, for example, on the dashboard, the items you do not use can be removed like ‘Welcome’, ‘WordPress News’, or ‘Quick Draft’. Are there. In this way, the screen can be made to look less random and more according to the need to keep in mind.

On all WordPress pages, a context-specific “Help” tab (beside the screen option) is available so that you can get help for the current screen.

Now let’s just find different menus and submenu


“Update” takes you to the WordPress Updates page. It checks that you have installed the latest version of WordPress and also shows if your themes or plug-ins are up-to-date or not.


If there is an update available for your WordPress site, you will also see a notification in the Toolbar and Navigation menu.

WordPress upgrades are a simple one-click process. You only need to click on “update now” when you see a new version and WordPress will do this automatically for you. And to update themes and plugins, you can click on all plugins or themes you want to update, and then click on “update plugins” or “update theme” button.


If you are really serious about blogging, then “Posts” will be your blog’s most visited. This is right! “Post” lists all blog posts (published, scheduled, private, draft) on your blog in reverse chronological order so that the latest blog posts are always on top.

And a trash is also available, so you can fix deleted blog posts or remove it permanently

When you enter “post”, you say “hello world!” A sample title can be viewed by the blog and if you rotate your mouse over it, it will display the following quick actions: editing, quick editing, garbage, see as always, to find related features and functions ” Help “tab

5.WordPress Editor

When you want to create a new blog post, just click on the “Add New” submenu under “Posts” and it will give you wordpress WYSIWYG (“What do you give You can use the “Add Media” button on Microsoft Word or Apple page and to upload files from your computer or to any other URL.

You can start writing a blog post by entering the actual content in the title and post editing area in the title field. Apart from that, you can also view many other widgets that are published, formats, categories, tags, featured image, e.t.c.

You can easily reduce widgets by clicking on your title bar and drag and drop them (except for title and post editing fields). In addition, you can add or remove widgets using the “Screen Options” of the WordPress Editor page. For example, if you have a lot of authors on your blog, you can enable the “Authors” widget so that you can become the author of the blog that you are currently editing.

The WordPress editor gives you a handful of formatting options and you can enable even more options by clicking on the “toolbar toggle” button (the last button in the row of formatting options).

Then, the WordPress editor offers two ways to edit: Visual and text can be clicked on the appropriate tab to switch between the two. Visual Mode gives you a WYSIWYG editor (similar to Microsoft Word) and you can format your blog post using the row of formatting options. Text mode lets you add HTML code with regular text and you can change the mode in the same way. When you post a blog, you can optionally choose tags and categories to associate with the post. And if you do not want to publish the blog post immediately, you can save it as a draft and by changing the settings in the “Publish” widget, you can also publish it as a private post. Posts can be published on one by clicking on “Edit” next to “Publish immediately” and selecting the future date and time.

When you choose the future date and time, the “Publish” button changes to “Schedule” and you can click on it to schedule a blog post.


Category helps keep your blog posts organized, and also improves the user experience. You can create as many categories as you want and a blog post can be assigned to more than one category.

Categories can be a hierarchy as well, this means that if you want you can create categories and its subcategories. If you have not created any category, then all blog posts will be automatically added under a default category called “Uncharged”.

7.Tags –

Tags are like keywords, and you can alternatively assign tags to your blog posts (Tell yourself what your blog post is like). Unlike categories, tags do not support any hierarchy, it means there is no connection between one tag and the other.

So, what’s the difference between a category and a tag? Well, tags are more specific, while categories are usually more common in nature.

For example, if I have a technical blog, then I can organize categories and tags: Technology (Category)

  • Apple (Subcategory)
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Mac
  • OS X Google
  • Sub-category (Android) Tag)
  • Chrome
  • Gmail
  • Microsoft (subcategory)
  • Lumia (tag)
  • Windows Phone
  • Surface, I can create as many categories as I like, but if I do so, the number of categories in the blog equals The result will be in a poor user experience.

8.Media –

“Media” menu takes you to the Media Library, it shows all the media files – images, videos, etc. – which you uploaded when you created blog posts and pages ( Recent uploads are listed first) You can click on individual items to view / edit your details or to get direct link directly. You do not usually have to access the Media Library unless you want to manage the previously uploaded file or manually upload any other file.


Pages are similar to the posts in one post that they may have a title, body, media, metadata, comments, etc. but they are different from the blog post because they are not part of the chronological blog post.

Page categories do not support or tags but this may have a hierarchy in it, you can create nested pages by making page one parent of another page. And just like in the post, you can customize the page screen using the screen option.

In addition, you can add a date and time on a post page and adjust the visibility and privacy of the page. Blogger usually searches for a page on the post when they want to publish a static page like me, contact, sitemap, etc. and whenever you want to create a web page, for which it is necessary to constantly update.

For example, when you publish a blog post it will appear on your homepage and all your blogs will be notified to the Subscriber (RSS and email) – even if you did not want to.

But when you update a page, your blog subscribers will not see it until you add it as well as the RSS feed of the blog of the page You accept it, answer it, edit it, spam it or even trash it. You can moderate many comments at the same time by using the “bulk action” menu .

10.User –

“user” lists all existing users of your wordpress site.

WordPress users can be administrators, editor writers, contributors, or subscribers – depending on the roles and permissions associated with each.

When you create new users, you can also define their roles.

To create new users just click the “Add New” submenu and when you do so you can set your user roles, passwords and email IDs. Are there. Here’s a quick look at user roles:

  • Administrators can access all administrative features in the site and manage other users as well.
  • Editors can write and publish their own posts as well as manage those other users.
  • Author can write and publish their posts, as well as upload files.
  • Contributors can write and manage their posts but they can not publish or upload files.
  • Members can only manage their own profile in the system.

11.Your profile –

Your profile is your personal profile and contains information about you and your account.

When you create new users, you can set your basic information username, email, name, website, password and user role.

So if users want to edit their profile information, they can go to their respective “Your Profile” page.

WordPress dashboards and dashboards can change theme colors, passwords, bio, emails, display names, etc.

When you visit your own WordPress site when you log in, you will see a toolbar at the top of all blog posts and pages. It provides instant access to your WordPress dashboard and some of its features (dashboards, profiles, themes, etc.

And even the wordpress updates available and the number of comments are awaiting moderation. So if you want to hide it, you can do it with “Your Profile”.

Just uncheck the “Show toolbar when viewing a site” option on the “Your profile” settings page.

Additionally, if you are an indicator, you can disable the view editor and you can do this from the “Your Profile” page.

Just check the “Disable the view editor at the time of writing” option and you will only see the text view (or see HTML) of the posts and pages while typing or editing.

Closing Thoughts I have explained every setting and feature in a wider way but it is possible that I forgot to mention one thing or two as I have already mentioned, you always have every wordpress to get additional information.

You can drag down the “Help” tab available on the Admin page. I have tried to avoid as much jargons as possible, but if you have a question or it is difficult to understand something, tell me as a comment below and I would be happy to add more clarity to it.

Harvilas Meena

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